i understand we in the u.k got the r,rated version of the the raid in the cinema.. the americans are getting the unrated version on bluray but momentum who are releaseing it here have a bad reputation for sloppy bluray releases eg woman in black... anyone got any info on the u.k release? momentum need to take a leaf out of lionsgates book when it comes to bluray and give the viewer the best version ..
According to play.com these are the disc specifications:
Steelbook (play.com exclusive)
Limited Edition Steelbook Artwork: Based on designs by award winning comic book artist Mark Simpson AKA Jock. First appearing in EMPIRE magazine and now exclusive to this Steelbook. The Raid feature - original language with English subs The Raid feature with English dub Featuring U.S. and original UNCUT version. Trailers Directors commentary Video Blogs Claycat's The Raid Featurette Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese Raid Fan film
The Raid feature - original language with English subs The Raid feature with English dub Featuring U.S. and original UNCUT version. Trailers Directors commentary Video Blogs Claycat's The Raid Featurette Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese Raid Fan film
According to the BBFC website this film was passed with no cuts. Full details below; Runtime Component title 01:41:04:00 THE RAID (UNCUT INDONESIAN VERSION WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 01:41:04:00 THE RAID (UNCUT ENGLISH DUBBED VERSION WITH SUBTITLES FOR THE HARD OF HEARING) 01:41:04:00 THE RAID (UNCUT VERSION WITH DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY)
That's what will be on the DVD/Blu-Ray along with a host of other features. Sounds pretty good to me.
Is this the same Lionsgate who have just had to pull Cabin In The Woods because the film freezes numerous times? Just a minor point but there are two shift keys on your keyboard, give them a go they can be fun.
The UK disc actually looks fine compared to the US disc. It has both cuts of the film, the optional English dub, the same set of other extras, and it's uncut. There's none of that maddening censorship for the sake of a lower rating.
The US disc also has a director commentary, so I'm not sure what's so "exclusive" about it on the UK disc. Maybe the director recorded a different commentary for the UK.
The US disc is coded for Regions A+B anyway, so it can be imported and played on unmodified UK Blu-ray players, but we've been served up a disc that's the equal of the US release so there's little point importing unless you insist on slim-cases, or can't be doing with BBFC logos, etc.
I note some criticisms of the picture quality in the reviews here, but based on the review of the US Blu-ray (on Blu-ray.com) this film's picture quality "is what it is" - and it is no different on the US disc.
Quote: "The low budget The Raid: Redemption arrives on Blu-ray with a lackluster transfer that's a result of a deliberately dark tone and low-grade photography. The HD video image is terribly flat and lifeless. Details are bland at best, whether almost nonexistent skin textures or a startling lack of complexity on rough surfaces around the building's interior and exterior locations. The image is at least consistent in its absence of crisp HD imagery, never capturing much more than the most cursory of details even in the brightest outdoor or indoor scenes. Colors are lifeless, too. The darker scenes offer next to nothing outside of shades of blue, gray, and black. Well-lit scenes manage a few splashes of stale color, such as blue containers as seen in a drug lab battle late in the movie. A pale red brick wall, washed out gray skies, and human skin account for most of the coloring outside. Black levels waver greatly, appearing pale and washed out here and overwhelming there while often slathered in noise. Heavy banding is scattered throughout. This is far from a pleasant watch, but the Blu-ray image appears to reproduce the original elements as well as it can, which is all one can really ask of a movie filmed in this manner." (quote from, and credit to, Blu-ray.com)